Punchestown

  • 16:45 AES Family Saturday At The Festival Flat Race2m

  • Winner €4,830 2nd €1,121 3rd €490 4th €280
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 24.30s
  • Off time: 16:45:31
16:45 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Yes Sir Brian (IRE) 20/1
2nd Ange Balafre (FR) 3/1
3rd Guns And Malt (IRE) 9/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
1 BLACK, red diamond, black & yellow hooped sleeves, yellow cap Ange Balafre (FR)
Nag me
4 11-7 N Meade Ms N Carberry 3/14.00
2 WHITE, maroon spots, maroon diamond on cap Cliffside Park (IRE)
Nag me
4 11-7 E U Hales M P Fogarty (3) 7/18.00
3 ORANGE, royal blue hoop & armlet, check cap Egyptian Warrior (IRE)
Nag me
4 11-7 A P O'Brien Miss S O'Brien (7) 3/14.00
4 Pink, Emerald Green chevron, halved sleeves, quartered cap Guns And Malt (IRE)
Nag me
4 11-7 T J Taaffe Miss J M Mangan (7) 9/43.25
5 ORANGE, royal blue hoop & armlet, orange cap Shield (IRE)
Nag me
4 11-7 A P O'Brien Miss K Harrington (7) 10/111.00
6 6 YELLOW, royal blue sash, check cap Spa Hill (IRE) 25
Nag me
4 11-7 J W Nicholson Rachael Blackmore (7) 20/121.00
7 ROYAL BLUE & YELLOW HALVED, yellow diamonds on sleeves,blue cap,yellow diamonds Yes Sir Brian (IRE)
Nag me
4 11-7 G J Power Mr Derek O'Connor 20/121.00
8 ROYAL BLUE, yellow stars, royal blue sleeves & cap Carnivan Bay (IRE)
Nag me
4 11-0 J O Clifford Mr J J Slevin (7) 25/126.00
9 White, red cross sashes, check cap Gurteen Flyer (IRE)
Nag me
4 11-0 F Flood Mr D Roche (5) 12/113.00

Verdict

It's very rare for Aidan O'Brien to have a runner in a bumper and he saddles two in this. The market should prove the best guide but it's the Galileo offspring EGYPTIAN WARRIOR who really catches the eye as he's a full-brother to the Racing Post Trophy winner Kingsbarns and related to several other winners. He has a provisional entry in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham unlike stablemate Shield, a son of Dylan Thomas, who may need more time. Guns And Malt has a much more traditional pedigree for these races being out of a dual bumper winner while the France-bred Ange Balafre will no doubt be seen over timber in the not too distant future. Derek O'Connor's presence on Yes Sir Brian will ensure his mount gets the best possible ride.